$200 and Under: Add houseplants
They can really warm up a space, says Haddad. If you already own some plants, buy new pots periodically. “It adds color and texture,” he says, “and ceramic pots are more interesting because of their details, versus just the standard pottery pot.” Stores like T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods often have pots on clearance, and over time you can pick up an assortment of four or five for less than $100. Haddad also experiments with flea-market finds, such as old dinner plates to put under pots and vintage bottles as bud vases. Plants themselves vary widely in price, but Home Depot and Lowe’s sell many fine options for as little as $4 apiece.
Cost for assorted plants and pots: $150